The National Concrete Burial Vault Association (NCBVA) held its annual meeting on November 4th and 5th in Dallas, Texas. The meeting was conducted at the Hilton Garden Inn in Arlington and was tied to two optional events at AT&T Stadium – Rally Day and the Monday night NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans. The event was attended by burial vault manufacturers and suppliers stretching from Arizona to South Carolina.

NCVBA Rally Day participants participated in on-field activities and had a private tour of the Cowboys facility including the players’ and cheerleaders’ locker rooms.

The meeting agenda included updates to the plant certification program and roundtable discussions on SILICA/OSHA and marijuana in the workplace.  Future educational topics were evaluated and scored with “Graveside Liabilities” ranking high on the list of members’ priorities.  In addition, accomplishments from 2018 and goals for 2019 were covered, and new officers were elected.


The executive team for 2019 includes:

  • President:  Steve Handley, Handley Pre-cast Systems, Phoenix, AZ
  • Vice President/Secretary:  Jeffrey Hardy, Hardy Doric Inc, Chelmsford MA
  • Treasurer:  Paul Cooper, Cooper Wilbert Vault, Middletown DE


In addition to the executive team, the board of directors include:  Mark Bates, Norwalk Vault; Ed Bruns, Bruns Doric; Brian DeMoss, Chesapeake Vault; Brett Henery, Wilbert Vault of Houston; Dave Long, Eagle Burial Vault; Blake Swinford, Trigard Vaults; Greg Tilley, Ideal Burial Vault; Terry Whitlock, Wilbert Funeral Services; and Jim Wiens, Doric Products.  The organization is also supported by its executive director, Lisa Anderson of Peacock Marketing Group.

Mark Bates, 2017-18 president, passes the gavel to the incoming president Steve Handley.

NCBVA has announced that next year’s annual meeting will be held in August 2019 in St. Louis.  Steve Handley, incoming NCBVA president, commented, “We plan to have the NCBVA annual meeting and a plant tour with exhibitors on Saturday. Then, to allow additional networking time, we’ll offer an optional Sunday outing to a Cardinals MLB baseball game too.”


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The National Concrete Burial Vault Association (NCBVA) was chartered in 1930 as a voluntary nonprofit organization of concrete burial vault manufacturers throughout the United States and Canada.  The purpose of the organization is to provide a unified voice for the concrete burial vault industry, regardless of product affiliation, brand recognition or location. Every major brand affiliation of concrete vault manufacturer is represented as a member of the organization.  The NCBVA represents groups that provide 90% percent of all outer burial receptacles interred within the boundaries of its membership.